My friend Barb enlisted my help in finishing off a section of quilt that her grandmother had started. Barb had started hand quilting and even though I generally use my machine for quilting, grandma’s quilt demanded hand work so I continued. Barb was pleased with the result and the quilt hangs in their reading room.
I worked and pondered it for a couple weeks. I enjoyed the colors–the darker squares are certainly garment scraps and some are quite faded. The white parts are not uniformly white; I think that some may be flour sacks and there are indications of those spots (maybe acid marks?) that one sees on older quilts. And, the yellow/gold seems appropriate for a vintage quilt. I’m not sure of the quilt pattern…I would call it a variation on a drunkard’s path. And those points? Grandma worked hard on this!
Back to the yellow…there are many vintage quilts that are yellow-partly or mainly. Here’s a few samples.
Here’s a bright yellow and white quilt from the Telluride Historical Museum.
And an Irish Chain in yellow and white.
My grandmother made a quilt in gold, blue and white…see the rotting fabric? Very vintage!
Then it occurs to me…the yellows that I get from my backyard leaves and flowers? That’s the color in these vintage quilts. My yellow experiments share that history!